RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Cooking

From: Henry Baker (
Date: 29 Jul 2001

There is one of my favorite quotes in Goodfellas by Paulie
"All the best cooks in the world are men."

Ironically, the world of professional cooking is very macho. Consider the low percentage of TV cooking shows featuring women chefs. The harrasment and limitations to advancement that have declined in many other workplaces often continue for women in large, competitive kitchens. Women who persevere are subtly but frequently directed toward the pastry department, which may be why some people think of baking as a feminine skill- or maybe it's the other way round. Women even get short shrift in short order. I'm sure there are exceptions, and it may be different in some other cultures, but walk into any North American restaurant and usually the guy in charge is a guy in charge.

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